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Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Jacksonville Police Department warns parents about cell phone activity

Jacksonville Police Department warns parents about cell phone activity

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (JPD) - On Tuesday, Jacksonville Police Department arrested three juveniles for violating Arkansas State Statute, 5-27-602, distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Two females, ages 13 and 14, and one male, age 14, was arrested today and cited into Juvenile Court. All three were released to their parents.

The investigation, which started on April 3, 2014, revealed an exchange of explicit videos between the juveniles. The videos were distributed out to several other juveniles.

Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on the cell phones, IPads, and any other tablets. Sending explicit pictures or videos is against the law and causes problems when they end up in hands of a person that was not intended. There can be some emotional consequences when explicit pictures and videos are sent to someone and they forward it out to other people.

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of Lonoke County dogs are in limbo at the Pulaski County Humane Society. They'll be there until a Supreme Court judge makes a decision. But it's getting costly.

"It's approximately two years, it will be two years, the end of June," said Dr. Teresa Medlock.

Dozens of dogs, 137 to be exact, have been at the Pulaski County Humane Society for the last two years.

They were taken from Sandra Nance's Lonoke County property in 2012 after a search by the Humane Society and Lonoke County Sheriff's Department found the dogs living in poor conditions.

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"They are evidence in the court system case and so we're entrusted with their care until the resolution of the case," Medlock said.

Investigation continues into bones found in Pulaski Co.

Investigation continues into bones found in Pulaski Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The investigation is continuing in the case of bones found near some Pulaski County offices last month.

Lt. Sidney Allen said the remains were found inside the city limits March 30. He said detectives have continued to search the area with negative results.

STORY: Skeletal remains found near county offices

Allen said the initial bones collected were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The lab conducted tests and have now sent the items that were collected to the University of North Texas in Denton.

Allen said this university routinely assists with DNA and forensic testing nationwide.

JPD, DEA announces drug take back event

JPD, DEA announces drug take back event

Jacksonville, AR (JPD) – On April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jacksonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eight opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Jacksonville Police Department at 1400 Marshall Rd.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance for this Take Back, and Arkansas feeding organizations will be set up alongside our sites to collect food.  All the food that is collected will be distributed right back to hungry families in the City of Jacksonville. We’d like to strongly encourage you to participate in this hunger relief effort as well.

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

FBI needs help identifying suspected child sexual predator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (FBI) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Jacksonville Police offering Citizens Police Academy

Jacksonville Police offering Citizens Police Academy

Jacksonville, AR (JPD) –. The Jacksonville Police Department will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy beginning on April 8, 2014. This will be an eight week academy designed to inform citizens on different aspects of law enforcement including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Duties, Use of Force, Firearms, K-9 Duties, SRT demonstration, Narcotics and Less Lethal weapons. This course will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The course is free, and we encourage all who want to gain an active knowledge of their police department to attend. Attendance will be limited to 15 citizens.